Deep Ecclesiology 2.0: History
I’m following this with interest. If deep ecclesiology has it’s focus “rather than favoring some forms of the church and critiquing or rejecting others, we see that every form of the church has both weaknesses and strengths, both liabilities and potential.” Then I think it’s a promising concept to see in practice.
THE LOCAL CHURCH IN MISSION:BECOMING A MISSIONAL CONGREGATION IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY GLOBAL CONTEXT AND THE OPPORTUNITIES OFFERED THROUGH TENTMAKING MINISTRY
The Missional congregation caught my attention … and tentmaking bit is a bonus! With paragraphs like this .. I’m listening .. and feel extremely encouraged, affirmed and challenged … Read on,
“It is our deep conviction that congregations both in the West and in the Two-Thirds Worlds must make the transition to become “missional congregations”. Just what is a missional congregation? Missional congregations are those communities of Christ-followers who see the church as the people of God who are sent on a mission. To a large extent their identity is rooted in what they do apart from a church service or a church building. They cease to yield to the Christendom assumptions that the surrounding culture will naturally want to come to church, or that coming to church is the goal of all mission. They no longer see cultures in terms of Christian and non-Christian. Instead all cultures, be it the historic West, former colonies of the West, or countries with little Western contact are all equal candidates for mission involvement. These Christ-followers seek to embody the way of Christ within their particular surrounding cultures and not necessarily within the four walls of a church building or service.”
“It seems safer to remain in our congregations and hope people will come to us. Maybe the safest place for the church is to be where Jesus is.”